THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
Sex, Love & Stiletto's #4
As Lauren Layneâs salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.
As Stiletto magazineâs authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolinaâs darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now sheâs the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emmaâs latest article forces her to face her demonsânamely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now heâs hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. Itâs just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancÃ©e . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, itâs no accident. Itâs research. And Alex canât help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertiveâand she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.
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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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âYouâre looking . . . glamorous,â Camille said, as Emma crossed her legs and carefully made sure her short satin dress didnât ride up.
âLong story,â Emma said. Though her friends had an easy relationship with Camille, Emma was newer to the groupânewer to Stilettoâand she wasnât quite secure enough in her position at the company to run her mouth.
Not that Emma was ever one to run her mouth. She was more the live-and-let-live type.
It was a natural evolution for someone whoâd grown up with a twin sister whoâd had more than enough personality for the both of them. And speaking of her twin, Emma had no doubt that Daisyâs southern-belle sensibilities would probably be all why, I never! if she could see Emmaâs current state of dishevelment.
Emmaâs perfectly coiffed sister would have found a way to emerge from a flooded apartment looking every bit as darling as she had at the daffodil parades. All the daffodil parades.
It hadnât been easy being Daisy Sinclairâs quiet, boring sister. When they were growing up, Daisy had been the quintessential little princess. She always wore dresses, and the dresses would never have lemonade spilled down the front like Emmaâs. Daisy knew exactly what to say to boys to make them fall all over themselves, whereas Emma had been horribly shy around the opposite sex.
When Emma had gotten engaged first, sheâd been braced for Daisyâs resentment. Not because Daisy was generally resentful, but because everyoneâEmma includedâhad assumed that Daisy would be the first sister down the aisle. But nobody had been happier for Emma and Cassidy than Daisy. Because as if it werenât enough that Daisy were the charming one, she was also good. Emma would be annoyed if she didnât love her sister so damn much.
And as it turned out, Daisy had been the firstâand onlyâtwin to walk down the aisle after all. Of course, sheâd also been the only sister to get divorced. Daisy always joked that the twins had two unshakable things in common: a face and a shit-ton of heartache.
Except Daisy hadnât actually said the âshit-tonâ part. That was Emmaâs special profane spin on the situation.
âIâll tell you mine if you tell me yours,â Camille said.
Camille pointed a coral fingernail at Emmaâs still-damp hair. âYou tell me why youâre rocking the fresh-outta-the-shower look, and Iâll tell you while Iâm leaving my darling magazine in the hands of one of the Oxford buffoons.â
Emma pursed her lips. Couldnât argue about the buffoon part. Although she was pretty sure that, despite her bossâs words, there was plenty of mutual respect between Cassidy and Camille. Still, Camille always saw Oxford as a bit of an enemy. The competition, so to speak.